Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Inside His Reflection
Author: Zathyn Priest
Genre: MM Contemporary
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: October 7, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A blind date leaves Harry reeling, and another date goes as badly. Scars on Elijah’s face are clues of a broken soul, yet Harry can’t walk away. Not even when he learns Elijah sees a dead man in mirror reflections.
Elijah’s sanity snaps. Blamed for crimes he didn’t commit, Elijah has already survived a brutal murder attempt and now hides under a Protection Program. Harry must have faith he is innocent and fight for Elijah’s stolen rights.
Can Harry do this without losing his mind, his own rights, and the man he loves?
Review: Wow…just, wow! This, my friends, is storytelling at its masterful best. It encompassed so many emotions, so many trials and tribulations for the characters; it put our protagonists into so many different situations (both good and bad) and with their real world reactions, it brings life to this story, it brings hope, and it brings a deep and abiding love to its incredible characters.
There are so many things going on, so many layers that need to be peeled back so that you get the full impact of what life threw at Elijah, and in the crossfire, Harry. These two amazing men have mountains to climb before they can even become friends let alone even consider being lovers. There is no way I can give proper voice to all the levels of hurt that Elijah lives with, there is no way I can attempt to give justice to the love that Harry heaps upon his broken man in his attempts to save him, but there is redemption after everything is said and done, and that makes it all worth it.
Many books focus solely on the main characters, but this is a story that would be incomplete without the plethora of secondary characters that enhance not only the story, but sets up a world that I can imagine, and feel, and believe is more than just imagination. To me, this is more like a recollection, a recanting of ones history of pain, abuse, grief, and the resultant mental anguish that is the natural progression when life takes everything you have and then kicks you in the face when you’re already down. This is also the story of getting back up, standing on your own two feet, and throwing the lasso over the horns of the charging bull before taking back what was so wrongly stolen.
As per usual, Zathyn Priest is spot on in bringing realism to his art, and none has affected me more than The Slayer’s Apprentice, until now, until, Inside his Reflection. I have a new favorite by this author and cannot wait to see what he comes up with next. Do I recommend this book? Not only do I recommend it, I can already assure you that it will be at the top of my “Favorite Books of 2015” list. That is a recommendation you can take to the bank.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*